Simona Levi

In 2017 Rolling Stone magazine chose Simona Levi, as co-founder of Xnet and 15MPARATO, as one of the 25 people in the world who are shaping the future.

Since 2017 she has been designing and co-directing the Postgraduate Course in Technopolitics and Rights in the Digital Era.

A theatre director, playwright, activist, technopolitical strategist, cultural manager and curator, multidisciplinary artist, researcher, reporter and teacher, Levi, who was born in Turin, Italy, is now a Spanish citizen and has resided in Barcelona (Catalonia) since 1990.



Theatre director, playwright, scriptwriter, and cultural manager

Conservas, space for creation

In 1993 she started the theatre Conservas, in Barcelona’s Raval neighbourhood as a space designed to promote independent, innovative local theatre creation through self-production with programming of cycles of total performance action seeking the support and shared responsibility of audiences.

The widespread popularity and renown of these cycles, always with overflowing audiences, made it necessary to find spaces with greater capacity.

In 1999 Simona Levi programmed a cycle of shows in the Mercat de les Flors theatre in Barcelona and, in 2001, she created and directed the InnMotion festival of Applied Visual and Performing Arts at the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona during the city’s Festival Grec with audiences totalling thousands of people. InnMotion, eventually held biennially, was widely acclaimed at the Catalan, Spanish and international levels on the five occasions it was held.

Video fragment from Inn Motion 2007

Video fragment from Inn Motion 2005

Video fragment from Inn Motion 2002

Video fragment from Inn Motion 2001


In 1999, Simona Levi founded Compañía Conservas, with which she toured all of Europe with several shows over a period of ten years.
With this company she writes, directs and, in some cases, invents stage and audiovisual effects and devices, and designs the lighting, as in the following works:

Realidades Avanzadas 2 (Advanced Realities 2, 2018-2019)
Hazte Banquero – Tarjetas Black: Todo lo que quisieron ocultarte (Become a Banker: Black Cards – Everything They Wanted to Hide from You, 2016 – 2017)
Realidades Avanzadas (Advanced Realities, 2007-2009)
7 Dust, Non Lavoreremo Mai Show (2002- 2005)
Femina Ex Machina (1999-2003) – Winner of the Special Critics’ Prize and the FAD Audience Applause Prize

Realidades Avanzadas 2


Hazte Banquero

Hazte Banquero

These shows have been staged in theatres and festivals throughout Europe, including:
Transmediale Festival, Berlin; 4×4 Festival, Prague; Main d’Ouvres, Paris; City of Women Festival, Ljublijana; the Geneva Exineo; Le Zoo/Usine, Geneva; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Fabbrica Europa 2000, Florence; International Festival of Theatre, Sitges; Festival Internazionale di Teatro di Santarcangelo; Festival des Arts Vivants de Nyon (Switzerland); Mladi Levi, Ljubjana Slovenia; International Theatre Festival, Tarrega; Bergen (Cultural Capital 2000); Festival Franco-Iberique et Latino-Americain, Bayonne; Danae Festival, Milan; Kanonhallen, Copenhagen; International Mime Festival, Perigueux; Escena Abierta, Burgos; International London Mime Festival; Mercat de les Flors Theatre, Barcelona; Escorxador Theatre, Lleida; La Fundición, Bilbao; La follia dei linguaggi, Turin; La Rose des Vents Scènes étrangères (France); Malta Festival, Poznan (Poland); Bellone-Brigittines, Brussels; Teatro Libero, Palermo; Madrid Escena Contemporánea; Sala Nasa Theatre, Santiago de Compostela; Théâtre National de Toulouse; Drugo More, Rijeka (Croatia); Koreja Theatre, Lecce (Italy); Noorderzon Festival, Groningen (The Netherlands); Laboral Escena, Gijón; Festival Panorama, Olot; Festival Punto Aparte, Murcia; Festival de Polverigi (Italy); Poliorama Theatre, Barcelona; Rosalía de Castro Theatre, A Coruña; Fernando Fernán Gómez Theatre, Madrid; El Musical Theatre, Valencia; Salt Theatre…



As an activist Simona Levi has focused in recent years, on free culture, digital democracy and the strategic use of digital tools for organisation, technopolitical communication, collective action, the struggle against state corruption and for the renewal of democracy. Founder of projects like Xnet and 15MPARATO, which led to the trial of the chief executives of Bankia—ranked as the fifth bank in Spain—she organises platforms in order to bring corruption to light, and to unmask those who are politically responsible for the economic injustices in Spain and Europe. Levi has been a prominent participant in the 15-M (anti-austerity) movement in Barcelona.
Prior to this, she was active in housing rights movements (VdeVivienda and others) and for the use of public space.


VdeVivienda (housing rights)

15M Barcelona

15M Barcelona (anti-austerity movement)

Fotografía de Edu Bayer

Photo by Edu Bayer


Activist: Creating Mechanisms for Action

Xnet (formerly EXGAE): in 2008 Simona Levi founded the project EXGAE in which, proposing alternative models for cultural dissemination, copyright management, and defence of the Internet and democracy in the digital age, involving other activists, geeks and teachers affected by the abuses of the Sociedad General de Autores (Spanish Society of Authors and Publishers) and other entities managing copyright. In 2010, thanks to the measly sense of humour of SGAE, which threatened to take EXGAE to court for breach of the Trademarks and Patents Law, EXGAE changed its name to Xnet. Since then, Xnet has been working on digital rights, data and for network democracy (mechanisms for participation and citizen control of power and the institutions); to defend a free and neutral Internet; to support knowledge, information and citizen journalism in favour of the right to know, to inform and to be informed; the legal, technical and communication struggle against corruption; and technopolitics understood as online practice and action for empowerment, justice and social transformation.

Since its foundation, Simona Levi has coordinated the project.


Featured (updated 2020):

• 2019 – present day. Directs the design of a prototype of Democratic Digitization of Education, a privacy-friendly alternatives to the GAFAM suites for Education and implementation of a prototype system in Elementary Schools. The prototype is put in place with the collaboration of the Barcelona City Council and the Consori de Educació.

• 2020. Report on Institutionalised Abuses in Privacy and Data Protection. 180 pages. xnet-privacy-data-protection-institutionalised-abuses/

• 2020.. Design of policy recommendations on the grounds of the Report “#FakeYou: Governments, political parties, mass media, corporations, great fortunes: monopolies of information manipulation and threats on freedom of expression”.

• 2019. Report “#FakeYou: Governments, political parties, mass media, corporations, great fortunes: monopolies of information manipulation and threats on freedom of expression”.

• 2019. Template for a Law on Full Protection of Whistleblowers is registered in the Spanish Parliament.

• 2018. New legal devise for citizens to register legislation to be discussed by the Spanish Parliament and Senate.

• 2017. Opening of the first institutional anonymous whistleblowing reporting channel in the Barcelona City Council. Afterwards replicated in many other public and private institutions.

• 2016. Reaching the 10,000 spectators mark of the play “Hazte banquero” on how to fight corruption with digital tools.

• 2015. Public disclosure of the “Blesa emails”.

• 2015 – present day. She founds Citizen Groups Against Corruption at the state level and in Catalonia . Opening of Xnet’s anonymous whistleblowing reporting channel.

• 2013. Impact of the campaign on the Transparency Law are reflected in its approved version.

• 2012 – 2020. Founder of the digital devise 15MPARATO that started the “Bankia Case” and leads to the conviction of Rodrigo Rato, former Minister of Economy and former President of the International Monetary Fund, and 64 others.

• 2011. Headquarter in Barcelona of the “Indignados” Movement. Creation of the devise Aritmetica20N to use math for fairer elections.

• 2010. (D’) Evolution Summit, citizen summit for the free circulation of culture and knowledge. Creation of devises Sinde Pirate, Molina Pirate, Red Sostenible.

• 2009-2015. Creation and direction of the Free Culture Forum – International Observatory of Democratic Rights in the Digital Era .

• 2008 – 2013. Creation and management of OXcars – The greatest free culture Show on Earth.


Mechanisms produced with Xnet


OXcars – The biggest free culture event ever: Simona writes the script and directs the staging of the show, a kind of non-competitive Gala-Marathon held in Barcelona every year from 2008 to 2013 in order to bring to light cultural creation and distribution achieved in accordance with free and shared culture paradigms and in defence of a neutral Internet. By means of demonstrations and mentions of several categories of work, real legal solutions are paradoxically demonstrated.



Free Culture ForumInternational Citizen Rights Observatory in the Digital Age:

Free Culture Forum

Free Culture Forum

Simona Levi has been coordinator, programmer and director of Free Culture Forum since 2009. This is an international meeting point which brings together in Barcelona organisations and experts in order to create a global strategic framework and a structure for international coordination.

Sinde Pirate
Molina Pirate
Red Sostenible

(in Spanish but see related text From Now on, New and Freedom):

Simona Levi was a founder of this citizen platform which, formed in January 2010, is one of the main concerted-action groups against Spain’s Sinde Law on Internet copyright infringements. This was a network of coordination and intervention at the national level which was joined by Internet user organisations, bloggers and journalists, experts in digital communication technology, creators, legal experts specialising in digital rights and copyright, producers’ groups, entrepreneurs and user associations.

(D’) Evolution Summit

(D’) Evolution Summit

(D’) Evolution Summit, citizen summit::

Levi designed and directed this mass-based street action which appeared as a point of counter-information during the Summit of EU Culture Ministers, held in Barcelona during the Spanish EU Presidency.





Fotografía de Edu Bayer

Photo by Edu Bayer

15MPARATO (the lawsuit filed by organised citizens who, holding bankers responsible for the economic crisis, brought the Bankia corruption case before the National High Court). This citizen campaign which opened what is now known as the Bankia case was founded by Simona Levi.

Citizen Groups against Corruption at the State Level and in Catalonia: Simona Levi organises the joint efforts of groups and individuals who are already active in combatting corruption by means of an active, stable, well-coordinated and collaborative network.

Partido X (X Party): Levi was a founder of the first party to be formed by a group of people close to the 15-M anti-austerity movement and free culture movements. This experimental, anti-party party is a unique, non-ideological prototype based on logic and methodology, upholding a model of democracy fostering citizen participation and monitored by citizens, and exploiting the political potential of digital tools of communication.



Publications, research, lectures, teaching and consultancy

Levi has promoted and co-authored several books, notable among them “#FakeYou — Fake news y desinformación – Gobiernos, partidos políticos, medios de comunicación de masas, corporaciones, grandes fortunas: monopolios de la manipulación informativa y recortes de la libertad de expresión” (#FakeYou: Fake News and Disinformation – Governments, political parties, mass media, corporations, big fortunes: monopolies of information manipulation and cuts in freedom of expression), edited by Rayo Verde in 2019; “Votar y cobrar. La impunidad como forma de gobierno” (Vote and charge. Impunity as a form of government) – coauthor with Sergio Salgado -, narration of how her group has initiated the campaign that uncovers the Bankia Case, the leakage of Blesa’s mails and the Black Cards (published by Capitan Swing in 2017); “Tecnopolítica, internet y r-evoluciones” (Technopolitics, the Internet and R-evolutions) – about the key role of digital networks in #15M -, and she has edited “Cultura libre digital – Nociones básicas para defender lo que es de todxs” (Free Digital Culture: Basic Notions for Defending What Belongs to Everyone). Both these books were published in 2012 by Icaria.

She has worked as an investigative journalist and is a member of Reporters without Borders. She edits and publishes the Xnet “Blog de Buzón” (Xnet Mail Box Blog), a space for working together in open-source journalism which is published simultaneously in four online sources: Infolibre, Público, El Confidencial and Vilaweb. She has also appeared in and worked on numerous documentaries.

Levi gives lectures, teaches and offers consultancy in Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Italian on issues ranging from free culture, digital rights, technopolitics, defence of a free, neutral Internet, new forms of democracy and the struggle against corruption. In this area she has worked in a variety of venues including: the Pompeu Fabra University; Goldsmiths University of London; London School of Economics; European Parliament commissions; Parliament of Catalonia commissions; Spanish Parliament commissions; the EU Digital Agenda for Europe Commission; the EU Internal Market Commission; the EU Culture and Education Commission; the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe); Bangor University of London; Hertie School of Governance, Berlin; Barcelona City Council Office for Transparency and Best Practice; University of Barcelona; King’s College, London; Open University of Catalonia; Autonomous University of Barcelona; Complutense University, Madrid; University of Alicante; Pablo de Olavide University, Seville; Barcelona IGOP (Institute of Governance and Public Policies) Summer School; Université d’Évry Val-d’Essonne (School of Engineering); Embassy of Brazil; Annual Open Knowledge Conference; IETM annual meeting; OuiShare Fest; Reina Sofía Museum; Logan – CIJ Symposium; Transmediale Festival; Internet Freedom Festival; Cadesyc; Bertolt Brecht House, Montevideo; Communia Workshop, Luxembourg; Buenos Aires Creative Commons Film Festival; Circumvention; Getafe Negro crime novel festival; Economies of the Commons; Primavera Sound; Rototom Festival; Barcelona Theatre Institute; Circolo degli artisti, Milan; Performing Arts post-graduate programme of FiraTàrrega; Action Europe; Right International Spain; DSI Advisory Group; Museum of the History of Catalonia; Contemporary Art Museum of Castile-León; Casa Invisible, Malaga; European University Institute, Florence; Faculty of Journalism and Communication, Malaga; Circolo Arci, Rome; International Institute for Education and Research, Amsterdam; BAU, Barcelona; Taller de Músics, Barcelona; Attac Austria; Attac Barcelona; CUP Communication Training Seminars; Les Verts Européens; Traficantes de Sueños; MediaLab-Prado; Confavc (Federation of Neighbourhood Associations in Catalonia); FICOD Festival; #Redada at the CCCB, Barcelona; Re:publica Europe, Berlin; Relais Culture Europe; Media Squares; LATU – Technology Laboratory, Uruguay; Tramallol Cooperative; Agora99 – European Meeting on Debt, Rights and Democracy; Barcelona Faculty of Computer Science; Network Cultures Institute; Fòrum Indigestió; Editorial Virus; Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia Foundation; Barcelona Businesswomen’s Association; Pantera Rossa Bookshop, Zaragoza; 4S/EASST Conference; IDHC (Human Rights Institute of Catalonia); Disruption Lab; First International Seminar on Metropolitan Transparency, Het Nieuwe Instituut, MACBA …

Simona Levi is a regular talk-show guest in the Catalunya Ràdio programme “El matí” and since 2016 in “A vivir” from the Cadena Ser.

Festival Inn Motion

Festival Inn Motion


… IN THE 90’s simona levi cv

She lived in Paris for five years, working, studying performing arts and movement with Jacques Lecoq, and participating in the occupied creative space Oeil du Cyclone. She spent a year in Lucerne working as movement director in several plays and participating in the occupied creative space Boa; a year in Manchester working as an actress; and two years in Amsterdam working as an actress, writing her first works for the theatre and the audiovisual format, and also participating in the creative space of the Graan Silo squat.

Self-built home constructed by Simona Levi in Graansilo, Amsterdam

Activities in Conservas between 1993 and 1999